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  1. The story highlights the virtues of hard work, honesty, resolution, compassion, humility and commitment. The theme of loss and death is also woven into the story with both Mr Gessler and his brother died in the story. However, the idea of honest work’s pay and dedication to quality work is celebrated, both in times of scarcity and plenty.

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  2. The story celebrates the theme of love and that love always conquers hate and distrust. The characters sketches strong realistic personalities and human traits of compassion, affection, selfishness, insecurities, doubt etc. The title speaks about ‘Angels’ and characters of young Maggie and the Thompson couple displays many angelic qualities.

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  3. ‘Hearts and Hands’ by O. Henry explores various ideas from pretense, identity, independence, and honesty. Through the character of Easton, the author highlights how the human psyche works on appearances and how people can manipulate their appearances to manipulate others.

    It also comments on the lives many people live and which is confined, imitative and defined by what others expect from them. In a way, they live a life under constant judgment.

    They live to fit other people’s opinions even without realizing so. Easton for all his politeness lived a life based on impersonation and deceit and never fulfilled his true potential.

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  4. In the poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” or “The Lady Without Mercy”, the knight tells the poet that the lady took him to her “Elfin Grot” i.e. a small fairy cave. There she lays herself in the arms of the knight and weeps a lot and kept mourning.

    The knight is full of love for her and kisses her eyes. And afterwards he goes to sleep and dreams of kings and princes who warn him that the lady is without mercy. After waking up, he finds that she is not there and he is left alone to suffer the loneliness and misery.

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  5. Plot, in a play, means the main events of a play, novel, film, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.

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